17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Da Nang
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  6​h 30​min
6
Halong Bay
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h
7
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Ho Chi Minh City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, explore the galleries of Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Ho Chi Minh City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Ho Chi Minh City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in January, things will get much warmer in Ho Chi Minh City: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office ©
Central Post Office
Ben Thanh Market ©
Ben Thanh Market

2
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, experience rural life at Phu Quoc Countryside, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ong Lang Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then don't miss a visit to Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple).

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Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Duong Dong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Da Nang.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Spas
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Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Phu Quoc Countryside ©
Phu Quoc Countryside
Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple) ©
Dinh Cau Rock (Cua Temple)

2
nights
Da Nang

A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, make a trip to Japanese Covered Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at Precious Heritage by Rehahn.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang journey builder .

Getting from Duong Dong to Da Nang by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January in Da Nang, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Hue.

Things to do in Da Nang

Tours Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hoi An
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Spas
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains

2
nights
Hue

Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 23rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thien Mu Pagoda, then browse the different shops at Big C Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Imperial City. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and then explore the galleries of Truc Chi Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue trip planner .

You can take a bus from Da Nang to Hue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Hue, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): Head underground at Phong Nha Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Hang Toi (Dark Cave) and then take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature
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Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

1
night
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay and then explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Halong Bay tour app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Halong Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay

4
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Quarter, contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Lý Triều Quốc Sư, and see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanoi vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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TiredCity Hang Bong ©
TiredCity Hang Bong
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter

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